Productivity Pauses: Exercise and Employee Engagement

August 15, 2014 Deb Broderson

Here are Perks, we find that taking a couple walks throughout the day is great exercise and provides the boost of energy needed in order to focus on daily tasks. A majority of our colleagues here at Perks also take part in mid-day exercising. We have bikers, runners, and weight lifters that use their lunch breaks regularly to fit in afternoon health sessions.



“Walking our company dog,  Xee, is always a nice  refresher for me. Going  for walks help me clear my  mind, think, and reset in a  sense.”

 -Tonya Smith, Accounts Payable


Noticing this trend and emphasis of fitness around the office, this got me thinking:

What exactly are the benefits and effects of mid-day exercise routines?

According to a 2012 Huffington Post Healthy Living article, Scientists have discovered that participating in some sort of fitness activity during the work  day can not only increase job stamina, satisfaction, and employee engagement-but it can also enhance productivity. The same article states that cardio exercise is a great option for those who need a creativity boost, while less intense workouts such as yoga can give you the energy to nod off that early morning fatigue.

 Did you know:

“Body Temperature goes up a few degrees midday, warming muscles and  potentially enhancing workout performance.”

-Laura Schwecherl 

Now that’s the kind of motivation we all need to change up the typical  routine: 30 minute lunch, 30 minutes exercising. It’s possible-and who doesn’t want to have a better, more effective workout?

Along the lines of motivation, if you are in a managerial position you have the ability to promote such activity by a variety of methods including but not limited to:

1) offering gym memberships to employees

2) providing a list of resources for local fitness classes

3) implementing a wellness incentive program to motivate employees

Morale of the Story: There are numerous benefits of mid-day exercising, and its effects on productivity and employee engagement are not to be underestimated.  With that said, I challenge each and every one of you to start a new daily routine involving some sort of exercise. Anything you’d like. Your body and your company will thank you.

Are you ready to change the routine? Share your individual or company fitness goals and stories with us.

I'd love to chat!

About the Author

Deb Broderson

Deb Broderson comes to Perks with 30 years of diverse experience leading channel marketing, marketing operations and program management teams within the technology industry. Deb has provided strategic direction to Fortune 500 clients, developed and executed global, multi-channel, go-to-market strategies and created worldwide field marketing organizations. Deb has worked on both the agency and client-side of the business, providing a well-rounded perspective to client challenges. Deb was honored as one of the Top 50 Channel Chiefs in North America by CRN.

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